New Delhi, Feb 26: Launching a scathing attack on Bihar Chief Minister, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that despite prohibition of liquor in the state, an intoxicated member of the Bharatiya Janata Party mowed down nine innocent children. Raising questions about the incident, Gandhi asked if Kumar was trying to save the culprit in the matter.Also Read - Ambika Soni Rules Herself Out of CM's Race in Punjab, Says a Sikh Leader Should Succeed Captain

“An intoxicated BJP leader killed 9 innocent children in ‘liquor-free’ Bihar! Nitishji, is this the reality of your ban? Who is your conscience protecting- the accused leader in the incident or shielding the truth of ban of liquor in the state,” tweeted Gandhi. Also Read - 'Not Mine', Says Sukhjinder Singh Randhwa on Next Punjab CM Face | LIVE Updates

At least nine children were killed and about 20 injured when a speeding Bolero lost control and ploughed through them outside a government school building on Saturday. The car was allegedly owned by BJP functionary from Sitamarhi district. The police complaint adde that he was also driving the vehicle. Also Read - Blast in Bihar: Explosion Reported in Oil Refinery; 15 Injured, 8 in Serious Condition

“The incident took place at Ahiyapur-Jhapaha in Minapur police station area of the district where a Bolero ran over the children who were returning to their homes after the school was over,” PTI quoted Vivek Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur as saying.

He said “all the injured, said to be around 20 in number, have been rushed to to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical”.

RJD MLA from Minapur, Munna Yadav, who rushed to the spot after the mishap, alleged that the driver of the vehicle was “definitely inebriated.